Putting a lone senator's cantankerous challenge behind it, the Senate
is back to work on a $100 billion-plus bill reviving popular tax breaks
and extending longer and more generous jobless benefits through the end
of the year.
Rep. Charles Rangel announced Wednesday he will temporarily step down
as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, saying he
didn't want his ethics controversy to jeopardize election prospects for
Gov. David Paterson personally directed two state employees to contact
the woman who told police she was assaulted by her then-boyfriend, a
top aide to Paterson, but later failed to press charges, The New York
Times reported late Monday.
President Barack Obama took aim Monday at the nation's school dropout
epidemic, proposing $900 million to states and education districts that
agree to drastically change or even shutter their worst performing